About the Ford Coupe Club of Australia
The origins of the Ford Coupe Club of Australia date back to July 1993. It began when two coupe owners met outside a factory in Kilsyth in Melbourne’s outer east. They discussed forming a club and the rest is history. The club grew quickly and eighteen coupes went on the first cruise to Geelong.
The usual recruiting methods were applied, although it wasn't uncommon for a member to jump out of their car at the lights and run over to a coupe and thrust a card through the driver’s side window. Likewise, if a coupe was spotted going in the opposite direction, a u-turn was implemented at the earliest convenience and the coupe was chased down and encouraged to pull over. You can imagine the reactions from some of the coupe owners.
The club held their meetings at several pubs in Melbourne’s East during the nineties, moving from one pub to another for various reasons until in 2001 it found a permanent home at the “Notting Hill Hotel” in Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill. This fine establishment is a Melbourne icon and the club is proud to call it home.
The club was formed so that coupe enthusiasts could meet other coupe owners, talk about their cars and share information and ideas that related to their common interest. The cars of interest being XA to XC coupes, Superbirds, John Goss Specials, Falcon Cobras and the prestigious Landau. Members meet at the Notting Hill Hotel on the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm. Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting as long as they have a coupe, plan to buy a coupe or they have an interest in coupes. Aside from the monthly meetings, an activity or run is organised at least once a month so that the cars can emerge from their garage and stretch their legs. Typical shows include “All Ford Day” at Geelong, the “Shannons Classic Australian car show” at Flemington and the clubs own show day at Caribbean Gardens in Scoresby. The club also participates in motor sport events at Sandown, the “Six Hour” at Philip Island and organises its own track day at Winton Raceway later in the year. Of course, the one activity that everyone enjoys is a cruise in the country including a BBQ lunch before returning home.
In 2007, the club undertook a major event at Echuca in Northern Victoria to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary 1-2 at Bathurst. Due to the popularity of the 2007 event, the club decided to organise another event in 2009. Special guest speakers at Echuca have included John Goss, former Ford designer Wayne Draper, and racing legend Murray Carter who has since become the clubs No1 member. At this year’s event, we will have drag racing legend, Ben Gatt and his awesome XA in attendance both at Heathcote on the Saturday and as a guest speaker on the Sunday evening. The first two events attracted around eighty coupes and this year should be no exception.
We established a website in 2004, which enabled us to present our club to the world. It has information about events past and upcoming as well as a gallery with shots of our cars the various runs we have attended, club sponsors and a membership application form.
• The alternative web address is - www.fordcoupeclub.org
In 2008, the club became a member of the Ford Forums website with its own sub forum. This was a popular move as it gave enthusiasts a place to chat online and discuss issues relating to their cars. It gave the club another opportunity to promote itself and raise its profile. It enabled us to make people aware of upcoming events and to connect with the wider coupe community.
• You can find us at - www.fordforums.com.au
As far as we are aware there are only two other clubs that feature coupes in Australia. There is a Coupe Club of Queensland, which was only established recently, and the 72-78 Ford V8 Club of NSW. Of course, if any others clubs exist we would be happy to know about them as we often get enquiries about interstate coupe clubs.
If anyone wishes to know more about the Ford Coupe Club of Australia, our contact details are on the website and we are always happy to help people with their enquiries.